The man, arrested by Turin police, is identified as 48 year-old former goldsmith Alessandro Palazzolo of Valenza, Daily Mail reports.
Investigations began when the former Juventus and AC Milan midfielder filed a lawsuit after repeatedly being asked to repay debts he had not accrued.
According to Gazzetto della Sport, police enquiries uncovered Palazzolo had deceived shopkeepers in Turin, Brescia, and Naples, asking for discounts and favours and working with an accomplice who would take expensive clothes and jewellery for free.
The publication also claimed that the man also tried to obtain ‘facilitated medical examinations’ by contacting the ex-footballers doctor.
Authorities in Turin recently apprehended the identity thief and his accomplice by tracing telephone calls and gaining testimonies from traders.
The man also tried to obtain ‘facilitated medical examinations’ by contacting the ex-footballer’s doctor.
For the real Andrea Pirlo, persistently approached by duped dealers who demanded payment for the goods, it was an unpleasant experience.
Turin police eventually apprehended the identity thief and his accomplice by tracing telephone calls and gaining testimonies from traders.